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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

“For everything you’ve taught me…” “For always being there…” “For all the sacrifices you’ve made… thanks, Mom.” These and messages like them are what mothers across the country will be reading in greeting cards and hearing from loved ones this weekend. But, for mothers who hold jobs, one reality is missing from these heartfelt sentiments.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days Opponents Continue to Hide Behind Preemption

Last month, I wrote about a disturbing trend: States are passing “preemption” laws that prohibit a growing number of cities and counties from adopting their own paid sick days standards. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New York City Council Paves the Way for One Million Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days

In a major victory in the effort to increase access to paid sick days, the New York City Council has passed a measure that would guarantee approximately one million workers the right to earn the paid sick time they need.

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Mothers, Working Families Aren’t Fooled

May 6, 2013 | Work and Family

Working people today face serious challenges when it comes to managing job and family: Nearly 40 percent of workers in the private sector — and more than 80 percent of those who are low-wage workers — cannot earn a single paid sick day. Forty percent of all workers have no access to even unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act when serious personal or family medical needs arise.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Sad Day for Floridians

Floridians are the latest state residents to fall victim to an underhanded and harmful effort to undermine democracy across the country.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why the U.S. Desperately Needs a National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee some type of paid time off for employees, despite ample evidence that paid leave policies benefit workers, businesses, and the economy.

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Why the FMLA Isn’t Enough

While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has helped more than 100,000 families take the time they need to care for their families, a striking 40% of the U.S. workforce isn’t eligible for the 12 weeks of unpaid leave the FMLA provides because their employers have fewer than 50 employees, or because they haven’t been working for their employers for at least a year and put in a minimum of 1,250 hours.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

How the FMLA Has Helped Real Moms Meet the Dual Demands of Job and Family

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — a law that has allowed millions of mothers, fathers, adult children, and other hardworking people to care for their health and their families without having to worry about losing their jobs or their health insurance.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Time is Now for Federal Action on Paid Sick Days

Susan, a single mother in Missouri, has a 10-year-old son who has pneumonia. She wants to stay home and care for him, but she cannot because her boss refuses to let her take the day off and she is terrified that, if she misses work, she will lose her job.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Preemption: A Growing, Calculated Threat to Democracy

April 5, 2013 | Work and Family

From Vermont and New York City to Washington state, momentum and support for paid sick days policies are high.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Paid Sick Days Bill Passes in Portland!

Just moments ago, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that will let tens of thousands of workers in Portland earn the paid sick days they need.

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National Partnership Staff

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Back to the Office at Yahoo

February 26, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

National Partnership President Debra Ness talks to the New York Times about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end the company's work-from-home policy.

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National Partnership Staff

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What a Celebration! The FMLA at 20

February 19, 2013 | Work and Family

This month, the National Partnership, along with other advocates, workers and lawmakers, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - the first and only national law to help workers balance the demands of job and family.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Know Your Rights: The Family and Medical Leave Act

February 12, 2013 | Work and Family
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - the nation's first and only federal law that helps women and men meet their responsibilities at home and on the job.

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20 Years Ago Today, America Became a More Family Friendly Nation -- And We Must Do It Again

February 5, 2013 | Work and Family
Today, we mark a historic and celebratory moment in our nation's history.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act Turns 20!

February 4, 2013 | Work and Family
Tuesday, February 5, marks exactly 20 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

By now, we have all heard about or been affected by the influenza outbreak that is sweeping the country and taking a staggering toll. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Voters Want Action on Family Friendly Workplace Policies

December 12, 2012 | Work and Family
Despite all of the attention paid to our differences this election year, the majority of American voters are united on some key issues because of shared experiences.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Election 2012: Hope for Workers and Families

November 8, 2012 | Work and Family
For those who advocate day in and day out for family friendly policies, this election brings hope.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

This week, workers all across the country will be tweeting that question to candidates for office at all levels, asking them to support this basic workplace standard or explain why they will not.

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